Cole & Mason Derwent Gourmet Precision Pepper Mill - $49.99 - has put to rest my assumption that one shakes a container, pepper comes out and that's the end of it - I have now learned that to experience the true flavour of pepper, it needs to be ground right before you use it - and the machine-cut, hardened carbon steel mechanism in this mill is the one you want doing it as it ensures that grains are first cracked and then sliced to release more flavour and aroma with complete control of the grind thanks to six grind settings.
They are available in a variety of materials and styles but I am partial to this sleek looking stainless steel and acrylic one. Also available are mills to grind salt, herbs and spices - more things I never knew you were supposed to grind!
Available at fine gourmet and housewares stores across Canada - check out www.danescoinc.com to find one near you.
- Lisamarie -